Brienne Actress Weighs In On The Major Game Of Thrones Finale Death

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In a world teeming with double-crossing tricksters and incestuous couples, Brienne of Tarth is one of the few characters aboard Game of Thrones with a shred of loyalty still remaining – and even that’s beginning to falter.

Ordered to King’s Landing and, by effect, the Dragon’s Pit in Sunday’s season 7 finale by Sansa Stark, Gwendoline Christie bore witness to Danereys Targaryen and her two 747-sized dragons, before confronting Jamie Lannister about the dying art of loyalty and his scheming sister/lover, Cersei.

And similar to many of season 7’s pertinent story beats – the resurrected Viserion, Jon Snow’s true identity…you name it – Christie’s towering knight is completely oblivious to the events that have transpired in Winterfell since her departure. As part of a delicate bait-and-switch, Sunday’s finale had the Stark Sisters team up on Aiden Gillen’s hapless Littlefinger, and execute him for the whole north to see.

News hasn’t reached Brienne just yet, but when it does, Gwendoline Christie believes her Thrones character will have some strong opinions on what went down.

Brienne doesn’t believe in dispatching a life unless it’s absolutely necessary. Unless it’s official. Look at the way she beheaded Stannis. She essentially read him his rights. Although it was loaded with emotion for her, she presented it in a very official, formal way, with great nobility.

After all, this is a character that has lived by a strict code of honor, as evidenced by her handling of Stannis’ death all the way back in Game of Thrones season 5.

Look at the way she beheaded Stannis. She essentially read him his rights. Although it was loaded with emotion for her, she presented it in a very official, formal way, with great nobility. So I don’t know how Brienne will react to people taking matters into their own hands at Winterfell.

Brienne has sworn to protect Sansa, thereby fulfilling Catelyn Stark’s final wish. But it seems as though there will still be an underlying tension between the two when season 8 rolls around.

Brienne is about a code of honour, a code of conduct, and she never kills anyone just for the sake of it. I know it’s not what she wanted, to leave Sansa’s side, but being at King’s Landing as Sansa’s representative sort of upped her game. It’s going beyond the remit of what she thought her job description was.

Game of Thrones returns in 2019 with its eighth and final season. After that, HBO will begin putting together a Thrones prequel series that won’t focus on Robert’s Rebellion – a rebellion built on a lie, as young Bran Stark revealed in “The Dragon and the Wolf.”

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